The tone and subject matter of my photography evolved from growing up in a rural setting where I was encouraged at a young age to closely observe the natural world around me; it's intricacies and temporary explosions of form and color. As an adult I turned this same eye to the urban environments in which I lived – both carefully planned physical culture and the chaos and detritus of the industrial fringe. Since I adopted the earliest available digital cameras in the mid 1990s my interests and techniques have matured with the medium. Early digital images were inherently mysterious and impressionistic. As later cameras yielded more literal results I started to look harder at my environment for unnoticed ephemera and flashes of the sublime. My attitude to my subject matter is neutral, there is no agenda and none of my pictures seek to impart a lesson or drive home a judgement. Mundane and neglected human spaces are examined for traces of beauty in the same manner as organic scenes. The resulting images do not aim for technical excellence. The goal is largely to impart mood, often through the use of color. I hope that each image might leave a feeling in the viewer as if they have been glancing at stills from a forgotten movie or ambiguous snapshots abandoned at a bus stop.
Anthony Hall grew up in Hampshire in Southern England and moved to California in his mid-twenties. He currently resides in San Francisco and has also lived in coastal West Marin. His professional experience with emerging technologies has meant a continual exposure to new and evolving imaging possibilities, each device and process has in turn yielded a new phase in his growth as a photographer. His work aims to cast the same neutral eye upon the natural and man-made world without judging one against the other and in doing so highlight both differences and similarities. His work typically seeks to distill lasting images from simple everyday urban and rural scenes.
2003 Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco
2006 Hidden City Cafe, Richmond
2012 Rayko Gallery, San Francisco
Student Showcase, Group Show
2013 Rayko Gallery, San Francisco
Subdued Spaces, Artists Marketplace
2013 Calumet Gallery, San Francisco
One Shot x 2, BAPC , Group Show
2014 Dickerman Prints / 4X5 Gallery, San Francisco
Home, Group Show
Market Gallery, San Francisco
Ekphrasis by 14 Hills, Group Show
PHOTO Gallery, Oakland
Upon Reflection, BAPC, Group Show
2017 Rayko Gallery, San Francisco
Post-Presence, Group Show
Stanford Health Care Collection
Bay Area Photographers Collective Alumni Member
Starting 2020 my nine to five (or thereabouts) occupation is offering unusual plants for sale as the proprietor of Cloud-hidden Plants in San Francisco..